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Veterans group raises funds for a Korean War memorial

September 19, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Veterans group raises funds for a Korean War memorial | Filed in: mtxrtiwaj.

first_imgA local group of Korean War veterans is determined to ensure that their fallen brothers in arms are honored in a permanent way.The Clark County chapter of the National Korean War Veterans Association Inc., the Richard L. Quatier Chapter, has been aggressive in its fundraising efforts for a national Wall of Remembrance. The wall would display the names of the thousands of Americans who died during the oft-overlooked conflict in a glass monument, etching their sacrifice into history.“These people all died on behalf of the freedom of this country, freedom of South Korea and freedom all over the world,” said Ed Barnes, a Korean veteran and leader of the local chapter’s effort to build a memorial.Nine allies of the U.S. in the Korean War have already erected memorials for those soldiers, Barnes argued in a speech to around three dozen fellow Korean veterans who gathered for their monthly chapter meeting on Dec. 19.“Every country of those nine countries all have monuments to their soldiers that were killed in Korea, and they all have their names on it. Here we’ve got a United States of America where we have 36,574 Americans who got killed in Korea, and there’s still no Wall of Remembrance like the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. It’s really a shame that we can’t do better in the United States.”In 2016, then-President Barack Obama signed Senate Bill 1982, a bill to authorize private contributions toward the memorial wall. The bill was cosponsored by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.last_img read more

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